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Intl experience - Any hope of getting into top-tier schools?

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Intl experience - Any hope of getting into top-tier schools? [#permalink] New post 11 Jan 2012, 04:35
I'm interested in taking an MBA leading to a career in international business consulting.

I'm coming in with a BA (major: History, minor: Economics), a certificate in Middle East & African Studies from Canada and an (unrecognized) 2-yr computer science degree from France. 3.5 GPA on BA.

I worked for 5 years as an analyst at IBM, doing a lot of different things on a lot of different accounts.... then got laid off & went back to school (for the aforementioned BA). Since then, I've been working as a corporate trainer in China.

I've spent almost all my free time over the past 3 months prepping for the GMAT. I'm aiming for a 700+, but if I were to write right now, I'd probably be around the 650-670 range. Verbal is quite strong, math is weak.

I know there will be applicants with excellent GPA's, high GMAT's & much cooler work experience...

All I figure that I have going for me is my international experience. I did my first degree in France, did a 3-month IT internship in Greece, and later I took a 9-month sabbatical from work & went to Egypt (where I took correspondence courses, learned Arabic & travelled around the region), now I'm in China. I can speak fluent French, Spanish & Arabic and some Chinese.

So is it even worth applying to top-tier schools (specifically INSEAD, LBS & IE)?
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Re: Intl experience - Any hope of getting into top-tier schools? [#permalink] New post 12 Jan 2012, 03:47
Interesting CV!

I can give you some insight on the LBS and INSEAD.

Both are very much about the GMAT. If you score >720 they will admitt you wihtout hesitation. The INSEAD will give you a good start for consulting.

Look in the Business Week MBA Ranking. In the school describtion you can find the top recruiters in the career section. That gives you a good impression what you get.

^^Insead:

McKinsey & Company 127
The Boston Consulting Group 60
Bain & Company 48
Booz & Company 40
Roland Berger Strategy Consultants 15
A.T. Kearney 14

To give you some advice: For your application the recommendations are very important, because you have a very diverse background. Aim at the INSEAD and try to score 720 and up on the GMAT and you have a good chance.

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Re: Intl experience - Any hope of getting into top-tier schools? [#permalink] New post 21 Jan 2012, 11:43
Study up on your quants! I think you'd be a terrific applicant if you can show the adcomm you have the gmat & quant skills needed. As a languages person myself, I find the GMAT quant section utterly terrible, but learnable. Put in the time.
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